The Runtastic Orbit is too lightweight in terms of the data it shows. The Runtastic Orbit landed at a key time, about a year after the front-runners like the Fitbit Flex, but just before the faster brands spun out second-generation products.
Runtastic has incredibly produced a range of accessory straps and pedometer style pods for the Orbit device. Like a Fitbit Flex or a Samsung Gear, the screen unit pops out to allow your sense of personal style to take over in choices of strap.
The strap is a slightly hard, rubberized texture that does not telegraph quality to your senses. It is a simple system that works well in practice, specially given the super-lightweight mass of this device, a mere 24 grams in band mode and 18 grams in pedometer pod mode.
The Orbit is simply mirroring a limited version of the app’s data set, which is in turn using your phone’s considerable tracking abilities. The app also has a load of performance that the Orbit lacks by including automatic voice prompts after each kilometer or mile plus a range of voice coaching options, if you sign up for the Pro package.
The app’s tracking abilities this is a strong offering for enlivening otherwise dull, winter training trudge fests. Pro also allows you to challenge your last time on a specific route, such as your run home, so you can continuously compete with yourself.
There is plenty of social sharing options, as well as a leader-board to get some friendly rivalry going. There is also an option to sync a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor to add in the all-important HR stats. It is slim enough to be worn through the night though, unlikely some. The graphs of activity and sleep are pretty enough, but how useful they are is.
The Runtastics Orbit is an amazing fitness band, and It is supposed to work as a second screen for your phone when using the Runtastic app.